INTERNAL SOURCES OF FUNDING

Entrance Scholarships

Assistantships

Loans and Bursaries

ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

All applicants are automatically considered for entrance scholarships. No extra application is required, except for the AGE-WELL & OCAD U Graduate Scholarship, as noted below. Scholarships are not currently available for part-time students.

PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP

The President’s Scholarship is normally offered to the top incoming student to the program, as determined by that program’s Admissions Committee. This scholarship is currently offered to one full-time student per year of admission in each of the following programs:

  • Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA)

  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA)

  • Design for Health (MDes)

  • Digital Futures (MA, MDes or MFA)

  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes or MFA)

  • Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)

Recipients of the President’s Scholarship must maintain a grade average of 80% throughout the duration of their studies to remain eligible for the award. The President’s Scholarship is valued at $3,750 per term for a maximum of five consecutive terms. In the case that a graduate student receives a sizable external award such as an OGS, SSHRC, or NSERC scholarship, the OCAD U President’s Scholarship shall be reduced to a maximum of $500 per term, subject to available funds.

DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIPS

The Dean’s Scholarship is normally offered to the top third of incoming students in the following programs, as determined by the program’s Admissions Committee:

  • Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA)

  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA)

  • Design for Health (MDes)

  • Digital Futures (MA, MDes or MFA only)

  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes or MFA)

  • Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)

Recipients of the Dean’s Scholarship must maintain a grade average of 80% throughout the duration of their studies to remain eligible for the award. The Dean’s Scholarship is valued at $2,000 per term for a maximum of five consecutive terms. In the case that a graduate student receives a sizable external award such as an OGS, SSHRC, or NSERC scholarship, the OCAD U Dean’s Scholarship shall be reduced to a maximum of $500 per term, subject to available funds.

OCAD U GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

The Graduate Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship offered to incoming students in the following programs, as determined by that program’s Admissions Committee.

  • Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA)

  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA)

  • Design for Health (MDes)

  • Digital Futures (MA, MDes or MFA only)

  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes or MFA)

  • Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)

Recipients of the OCAD U Graduate Scholarship must maintain a grade average of 80% throughout the duration of their studies to remain eligible for the award. The OCAD U Graduate Scholarship is valued at $1,000 per term for a maximum of five consecutive terms In the case that a graduate student receives a sizable external award such as an OGS, SSHRC, or NSERC scholarship, the OCAD U Graduate Scholarship shall be reduced to a maximum of $500 per term, subject to available funds.

AGE-WELL & OCAD U GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

OCAD University AGE-WELL Scholarship program provides funding to one master’s student entering the Design for Health Graduate program at OCAD University whose interests align with the AGE-WELL mandate. In addition to financial support ($15,000), the scholarship provides the recipient with access to training and mentorship opportunities through the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence. In order to be considered, students must apply to the Masters of Design for Health as a full time student and have experience/interest in developing design expertise in areas aligned with the mission and vision of AGE-WELL. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must indicate their interest in their application to the Design for Health program in the Graduate Admissions Portal. Applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee during the application process.

BLUE ANT MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP IN DIGITAL FUTURES

Blue Ant Media Scholarship in Digital Futures was established in 2015 by Blue Ant Media. The scholarship is granted to a graduate level student entering the Digital Futures program, based on merit as determined by that program’s Admissions Committee. This scholarship is valued at $3,000.

CIBC INCLUSIVE DESIGN ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2017 by CIBC for new domestic graduate students enrolled in the Inclusive Design graduate program. Selection will be made by the Inclusive Design Admissions Committee. Two scholarships are available each year. Each funding package is a total of $6,250 per year ($3,125 per term). 

DELANEY ENTRANCE GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

The Delaney Entrance Graduate Scholarships were established by the Delaney Family Foundation.  Based on merit as determined by tithe program's admissions committee, students entering the programs of Contemporary Art, Design & New Media Art Histories, the Masters of Curatorial & Critical Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design will be eligible as well as students entering future visual arts graduate programs.  In particular, these scholarships are meant to attract the most promising students to the programs and further development their talent.  The scholarships are renewable for up to five terms. The maximum value of the scholarship will be approximately $5,000 per term per recipient. In the case that a graduate student receives a sizable external award such as an OGS, SSHRC, or NSERC scholarship, the student will not receive the Delaney funding during the terms that they hold the major governmental award.

DR. SEMPLE GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2016 by Dr. Semple, Chair, OCAD University Board of Governors for graduate students enrolled in the Master of Design, Design for Health program, on the basis of merit as determined by that program’s Admissions Committee. This scholarship is valued at $1,000.

INCLUSIVE DESIGN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Inclusive Design International Student Scholarship is valued at $3,500 per year for both years of the program (available in the Fall and Winter terms only). The scholarship is offered to the top international applicant to the program, as determined by that program’s Admissions Committee.

Recipients of the Inclusive Design International Student Scholarship must maintain a grade average of 80% throughout the duration of their studies to remain eligible for the award. This scholarship is not affected by the receipt of external awards such as SSHRC or OGS.

LISA VISSER GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

The Lisa Visser Graduate Scholarship was established in memory of Lisa Visser. The fund was first Awarded in 2014. The scholarship is offered to an incoming graduate level student each year, based on merit as determined by the program's admissions committee. This scholarship is valued at $1,000.

MANCHEE FAMILY GRADUATE ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2014 by the Manchee Family. The scholarships are offered annually to top entering students into the Master of Design, Design for Health program on the basis of merits determined by that program’s Admissions Committee. Two scholarships are available at a value of $9,555 each.     

ASSISTANTSHIPS

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS 

Full-time graduate students may apply for a Graduate Assistantship, in the form of a Teaching Assistantship (TA) or Research Assistantship (RA) in the Faculties of Art, Design, or Liberal Arts and Sciences, and School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Graduate Assistantships or other university- related employment can be held up to an average of 10 hours per week or 130 hours per term. However, OCAD U graduate students may not accept offers of sessional teaching at OCAD University.

Teaching and Research Assistantships are not guaranteed and are subject to availability and awarded through a competitive application process based on the compatibility of students’ skills with Faculty needs and individual faculty research projects. Available Teaching and Research Assistantships will be posted on the OCAD U Human Resource employment opportunities webpage as they become available; students may apply directly.

Research and Teaching Assistantships are employment contracts. If a Research or Teaching Assistantship is not completed or the offer of employment is declined, no guarantee can be made for other funding.

In the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies (FoLAS/SIS), incoming students will be able to apply the summer before they begin their program of study for Teaching Assistantships (TA). Generally, first year Graduate Students are not hired for work in the fall semester, but are offered work for the winter of the year they start. Only exceptional candidates (with previous TA experience) will be considered for first year fall TA work. For anyone offered a TA position in FoLAS/SIS, there will be mandatory TA training in the fall.

I. TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

As per the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between OCAD University and the Ontario College of Art & Design Faculty Association (section 37.4.1), the responsibilities of a Teaching Assistant may include but are not limited to:

  • Working within 1 or more OCAD U Faculties, directly supervised by 1 or more faculty members with administrative supervision by 1 or more Assistant Deans;

  • Working with Assistant Deans, Chairs, faculty members and other academic staff in support of the University’s educational goals and objectives;

  • Meeting these educational goals by assisting with course preparation and delivery, i.e. organizing teaching and learning materials, and other resources, based on curricular outlines provided by a supervising faculty member, or by providing group instruction in specialized techniques;

  • Assisting in the evaluation of student work, using criteria established by the supervising faculty members;

  • Supporting students in their learning, i.e. through individual or small group instruction and/or assisting with assignments;

  • Conducting separately scheduled tutorial classes;

  • Working with Technicians, class assistants and/or monitors, where relevant, by ensuring the appropriate and safe use of materials, equipment and/or facilities; and

  • Participating in the provision of a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community and its facilities.

As per the MOA (section 34.5), the hiring of Teaching Assistants takes place as follows:

  • Current Teaching Assistants who seek a work assignment for the following Academic Year must indicate their interest in writing to the Assistant Dean of Faculty or supervising faculty member no later than February 1.

  • The appointment process for Teaching Assistants is conducted by the Associate Dean of Faculty or designate in consultation with the supervising faculty member. Teaching Assistant opportunities are assigned to the University’s graduate students on a priority basis. A list of vacancies is posted on the University’s website, with further advertising conducted as appropriate.

Please note, as per the MOA (section 29.4.3), Teaching Assistantships are not normally renewable beyond three years. Students who have been employed at OCAD U as a Teaching Assistant prior to starting their graduate program will not be eligible for a Teaching Assistantship.

II. RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

As per the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between OCAD University and the Ontario College of Art & Design Faculty Association (section 37.4.2), the responsibilities of a Research Assistant may include, but are not limited to:

  • Working within 1 or more OCAD U Faculties, directly supervised by 1 or more faculty members;

  • Working with assistant Deans, Chairs, and/or faculty members and other academic staff in support of the University’s research goals and objectives;

  • Meeting these research goals by assisting with data collection, literature searches, data compilation, processing, entry and analysis, and experimental systems design, fabrication and maintenance;

  • Assisting with supervision of research activities in the lab, classroom, and within the field;

  • Assisting with preparation of proposals, progress and final reports, and promotion of research activities;

  • Providing project coordination, budget management, and administration of research activities;

  • Participating in the hiring, scheduling and supervision of Teaching Assistant I (Undergraduate Research Assistant), Class Assistants, and/or Student Monitors, where relevant;

  • Working with Technicians, class assistants and/or student monitors, where relevant, by ensuring the appropriate and safe use of materials, equipment and/or facilities; and

  • Participating in the provision of a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community and its facilities.

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LOANS AND BURSARIES

The Financial Aid and Awards Office delivers approximately $20 million in student financial assistance programs and services to the students of the University:

  • Government loan and grant programs (OSAP and other Canadian provinces)

  • Bursary programs (financial need programs)

  • Scholarships and awards (merit programs)

  • Work study employment programs

  • One-on-one financial advising

  • Financial literacy programs and workshops

For more information on bursaries and application instructions, please see the OCADU's page on bursaries.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties please visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office to discuss your financial situation. The Financial Aid and Awards office staff will work with students to help them resolve their financial difficulties. Emergency bursary or loan funding may be available, depending on the circumstances.

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OCAD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL FUND

Overview: The OCAD University Graduate Student Travel Fund encourages and supports OCAD University graduate students to travel regionally, nationally, and internationally both to present their research to the scholarly community and to conduct research. This award is funded by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Value and Duration: The Graduate Student Travel Fund is valued at up to $500 dollars per applicant. Students are limited to one award annually per year (June 1 to May 31) but may apply to subsequent competition deadlines if unsuccessful in initial attempts.

Deadline: There are three competitions per year for the Graduate Student Travel Fund, with the following deadlines:

  • February 1
  • June 1
  • October 1

Applications received for each round will be considered together and awarded based on the application’s merit.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Graduate Student Travel Fund, students must be registered (either full-time or part-time) in an OCAD University graduate program at the time of their application and the time when the conference or research will take place. Travel will normally take place up to six months after the application deadline. Applications for retroactive funding (i.e. for travel that has already taken place) will not be considered.

For conference-related travel, students should be presenting their work (e.g. delivering a paper or creative project, or participating in a poster session, panel, or roundtable) at a recognized event.

For research-related travel, the proposed activity should be relevant to the student’s program of study.

How to Apply: To apply for the Graduate Studies Student Travel Fund, students must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Studies (via email to gradstudies@ocadu.ca) by 11:59PM on the deadline date:

  • OCAD University Graduate Studies Student Travel Fund application form
  • For conference related travel you will be asked to provide: Information on the event; title and abstract of your paper/poster; confirmation/proof of event acceptance; itinerary and budget
  • For research-related travel you will be asked to provide: Description of research and relevance to program of study; proposed itinerary and budget for research-related travel

Documents must be submitted electronically to gradstudies@ocadu.ca

Applications received incomplete or after the published deadlines will not be considered.

Payment of Award: Payment of the Graduate Student Travel Fund is on a reimbursement basis. After travel has been completed, the student must submit an expense reimbursement form accompanied by all hard-copy, original receipts. A reimbursement cheque will be issued to the student, either by mail or for pick-up, depending on the student’s indication.

Students who are awarded funding may be asked to submit a report on their travel to the Office of Graduate Studies, which may be used for promotional purposes.

 

OCAD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL FUND - FAQ

Can the OCAD University Graduate Student Travel fund be combined with other sources of travel funding from the university?

The OCAD University Graduate Student Travel Fund should be your first point of call for travel funding. If your application to the Travel Fund is unsuccessful, or if your travel is not eligible for the Travel Fund, you should then investigate other sources of travel funding from the university.

How are applications to the Travel Fund assessed?

The OCAD U Graduate Student Travel Fund is merit-based. After the deadline, all applications received for the Travel Fund are reviewed and assessed by the Office of Graduate Studies. Applications received incomplete or after the published deadlines will not be considered. Applications for conference and research-related travel are considered together for the same pool of funds, and funds are awarded based on the merit of the application.

What qualifies as research-related travel?

Research-related travel is anything that supports your research during your program of study. Some examples include: a visit to a site, organization, exhibition, or event; travel to a workshop or short training course; or performing archival research unavailable in the Toronto area.

What if I want to attend a conference, but am not presenting? Could that count for funding?

If you wish to attend a conference, but will not be presenting your work, this may still be eligible for funding, providing that it is relevant to your research, but priority will be given to students presenting their work. In your application, please describe how the conference will be relevant to your research and your program of study.

Can I receive more than one travel grant?

Graduate students are eligible for one travel grant every year (June 1 to May 31) so are eligible to receive two grants in a Masters’ program. Unsuccessful applicants are permitted to apply to subsequent deadlines within the same June to May period.

I am co-presenting at a conference with another graduate student and we both require travel funds. Is collaborative work and co-presentation eligible?

Yes, two or more students can be eligible for the same presentation. However, as funding is limited and intended to maximize benefits to students, there may not be sufficient funds to support many collaborative presentations.

What happens if the event I plan to attend is cancelled?

If your application to the OCAD University Graduate Student Travel Fund has been approved, but the event you applied to attend is cancelled, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies (at gradstudies@ocadu.ca) as soon as possible.

Can I receive travel advances?

The travel fund will normally operate as a reimbursement. If a student is unable to make travel arrangements without an advance, the Office of Graduate Studies will consider requests on exceptional bases.

When will I hear about the competition results?

Expect to hear from the Office of Graduate Studies within three to four weeks, as to whether or not your application will be successfully funded.